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Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014 8:09 am

(CNN) -- Gov. Chris Christie's camp pushed back hard Saturday against allegations by a New Jersey mayor that administration officials threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy relief funding unless she supported a redevelopment plan favored by the governor.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer appeared on MSNBC on Saturday to level charges that members of Christie's administration pressured her to approve the project sought by The Rockefeller Group, a real estate developer with ties to Christie's administration.

MSNBC said its story is based on an interview with Zimmer "and e-mails and personal notes she shared with MSNBC."

CNN spoke to Zimmer late Saturday, and she confirmed that she thought the funds were withheld contingent on her approval of the project. She said she made notes in her journal at the time of the conversation with the officials in Christie's administration.

See the journal entries

CNN received images of journal entries from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's office that Zimmer said she wrote in May 2013. This entry reads, "I prefer typing on computer -- but maybe it's time to get back to journal writing. Embarrassed to say -- but I found myself breaking down last night on the plane. I was watching Les Miserables thinking about my dad -- and so I cried for him. But then I was emotional about Governor Christie."

"I thought he was honest, I thought he was moral -- I thought he was something very different. This week I found out he's cut from the same corrupt cloth that I have been fighting for the last 4 (crosses out 3) yr. I am so disappointed -- it literally brings tears to my eyes."

"Seems strange -- but ok -- get to go and meet the Lt. Gov -- at the end of a big tour of Shoprite meeting she pulls me aside with no one else around and says that I need to move forward with the Rockefeller project. It is very important to the Gov."

The word is that you are against it and you need to move forward or we are not going to be able to help you. Are other towns being required to develop in exchange for the help with the flooding I asked? (In margins) "I know that's not right -- these things should not be connected -- they r." She says - if u tell anyone that I will deny it.

Journal entries from the Mayor\'s office Journal entries from the Mayor's office

But in a statement to CNN on Saturday, Christie spokesman Colin Reed blasted the report, saying, "It's very clear partisan politics are at play here as Democratic mayors with a political ax to grind come out of the woodwork and try to get their faces on television."

"MSNBC is a partisan network that has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him," Reed said.

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"Governor Christie and his entire administration have been helping Hoboken get the help they need after Sandy, with the city already having been approved for nearly $70 million in federal aid and is targeted to get even more when the Obama administration approves the next rounds of funding. "

Reed said that the mayor and governor have had a "productive relationship," noting an August tweet by Zimmer saying she's "very glad Governor Christie has been our Gov."

Zimmer's comments Saturday are a change from what she told CNN just last week, when she said that while she wondered whether Sandy aid funds were being withheld because she didn't endorse the governor's re-election, she concluded that "I don't think that's the case."

"I don't think it was retaliation and I don't have any reason to think it's retaliation, but I'm not satisfied with the amount of money I've gotten so far," Zimmer told CNN last week, not mentioning her concerns about the redevelopment project.

CNN was not able to further question Zimmer about her prior comments to the network.

(CNN) -- Gov. Chris Christie's camp pushed back hard Saturday against allegations by a New Jersey mayor that administration officials threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy relief funding unless she supported a redevelopment plan favored by the governor.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer appeared on MSNBC on Saturday to level charges that members of Christie's administration pressured her to approve the project sought by The Rockefeller Group, a real estate developer with ties to Christie's administration.

MSNBC said its story is based on an interview with Zimmer "and e-mails and personal notes she shared with MSNBC."

CNN spoke to Zimmer late Saturday, and she confirmed that she thought the funds were withheld contingent on her approval of the project. She said she made notes in her journal at the time of the conversation with the officials in Christie's administration.

See the journal entries

CNN received images of journal entries from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's office that Zimmer said she wrote in May 2013. This entry reads, CNN received images of journal entries from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's office that Zimmer said she wrote in May 2013. This entry reads, "I prefer typing on computer -- but maybe it's time to get back to journal writing. Embarrassed to say -- but I found myself breaking down last night on the plane. I was watching Les Miserables thinking about my dad -- and so I cried for him. But then I was emotional about Governor Christie."
 
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But in a statement to CNN on Saturday, Christie spokesman Colin Reed blasted the report, saying, "It's very clear partisan politics are at play here as Democratic mayors with a political ax to grind come out of the woodwork and try to get their faces on television."

"MSNBC is a partisan network that has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him," Reed said.

 
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Mayor: Christie withheld Sandy aid

 
Giuliani: Scandal may help Christie

 
Kennedys on surviving a scandal

"Governor Christie and his entire administration have been helping Hoboken get the help they need after Sandy, with the city already having been approved for nearly $70 million in federal aid and is targeted to get even more when the Obama administration approves the next rounds of funding. "

Reed said that the mayor and governor have had a "productive relationship," noting an August tweet by Zimmer saying she's "very glad Governor Christie has been our Gov."

Zimmer's comments Saturday are a change from what she told CNN just last week, when she said that while she wondered whether Sandy aid funds were being withheld because she didn't endorse the governor's re-election, she concluded that "I don't think that's the case."

"I don't think it was retaliation and I don't have any reason to think it's retaliation, but I'm not satisfied with the amount of money I've gotten so far," Zimmer told CNN last week, not mentioning her concerns about the redevelopment project.

CNN was not able to further question Zimmer about her prior comments to the network.

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